We want our ‘Disarm Hate x Poetry‘ project to engage as much of the LGBTQ community as possible. As part of the project, we’re staging to free virtual workshops with poets featured on the album. This is linked to a public call-out for audio submissions (more info here).

The workshops encourage LGBTQ writers to shape their responses to the ‘Disarm Hate‘ documentary. Writers of all experiences, abilities, and backgrounds are invited to register. All you need to bring to the workshop is a free Zoom account, a reliable internet connection, and something to write with.

Each workshop is limited to 20 participants each, and we encourage you to only choose one, in order to maximise the number of potential participants overall. Our guest tutors are Joelle Taylor on Monday 24 May (tickets here) and Andrés Nicolás Ordorica on Wednesday 26 May (tickets here).

‘Disarm Hate x Poetry’ workshops

The album ‘We Will Keep On’ is available to pre-order on 2LP gatefold vinyl and digital here.

We pulled no punches with our second LIVEwire Leeds event at Hyde Park Book Club, as Out-Spoken Press duo Joelle Taylor and Ollie O’Neill performed to another packed room. All photos and highlights video by Idle Work Factory.

LIVEwire Leeds No.2 highlights by Idle Work Factory

The third LIVEwire Leeds event will take place at Hyde Park Book Club on Wednesday 5 February, with Louise Fazackerley performing a headline slot.

After a raucous launch event starring Salena Godden and Nafeesa Hamid, we return to Hyde Park Book Club on 4 December with internationally-renowned icon Joelle Taylor, plus fellow Out-Spoken Press poet Ollie O’Neill. Tickets are on sale here.

Nymphs & Thugs | LIVEwire Leeds No.2
‘LIVEwire’ Leeds No.2 | 4 December 2019

Joelle Taylor is an award-winning poet, playwright, author and editor who has recently completed a world tour with her latest collection ‘Songs My Enemy Taught Me’. She is widely anthologised, the author of 3 full poetry collections and 3 plays and is currently completing her début book of short stories ‘The Night Alphabet’.

Joelle will be the editor of Out-Spoken Press from September 2020 – September 2021, commissioning five new titles with a focus on women’s writing.

Ollie O’Neill is a London based poet and writer. She is a former UK Youth Slam Champion, and current Barbican Young Poet. In March 2019, her debut pamphlet ‘Ways of Coping’ was published by Out-Spoken Press. Her work explores themes of female sexuality, desire, and psychiatry.

She has previously read in venues such as The Institute of Contemporary Arts, Soho Theatre, Royal Festival Hall, and The 100 Club, as well as at Cheltenham Literature Festival, The Verve Poetry Festival, and Wilderness Festival.

As usual, there are 6 open mic slots up for grabs – each of which is 5 minutes in length, and can be reserved on a first come, first served basis by emailing Matt at eyup@mattabbottpoet.com. Please feel free to share the Facebook event here!